Running novice Georgi Cleveley is taking on the challenging Shrewsbury Half Marathon on Sunday 17th June, to raise money for a charity that is close to her heart
Georgi, from Shrewsbury, will be tacking the 13.1-mile course in aid of the specialist college where her big sister Charlotte is now in her final year, having learnt independence and work skills and made many new friends.
Georgi is running for Derwen College, in Gobowen, near Oswestry. She is running in aid of the specialist college for young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities raising money for new therapy and fitness facilities to benefit students including a hydrotherapy pool. Georgi has so far raised more than £200.
Georgi, who works at Specsavers in Shrewsbury, saw the request for Derwen runners on the Facebook page.
She said: “I follow the college’s social media to keep an eye out for pictures of my sister Charlotte. I had already signed up to the half marathon earlier in the year but thought it would be nice to run for a cause.”
The 22-year-old hasn’t done much running before but used to play sports at school including football and hockey.
She said: “!t’s my first proper race. I’ve been doing my best to fit in as much training as possible with the aim to finish it one piece.”
She continues: “Charlotte has been at Derwen since leaving school and has really benefitted from her time there. Our family were really nervous about Charlotte leaving Severndale School, in Shrewsbury, as she had been there for 17 years and moving on to Derwen College seemed a huge step, especially as she would be living at Derwen in term time.
“Derwen College has been a fantastic opportunity for Charlotte and her time there has ensured that she has been able to learn many new skills, make lots of new friends and become more independent. When Charlotte leaves college in July, she will be moving into supported accommodation in Shrewsbury.”
She will be joined on the day by Morda Primary School cook Katie Griffith who is also running in aid of Derwen.
Derwen College is a specialist college for young adults, offering learning, independence and life skills for residential and day students. Students from Derwen College will be supporting runners and handing out water and medals at the end of the run.
To support Georgi visit her fundraising page at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?pageId=929135